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No Messi no worries as Barcelona beat Sociedad in six-goal thriller

Life without Lionel Messi started well for Barcelona as the Catalan giants beat Real Sociedad 4-2 at the Camp Nou on matchday one.

It was a good start for Barcelona after Gerard Pique – whose massive pay cut ensured new signings we’re registered – headed home the opener from a Memphis Depay freekick in the 19th minute.

Martin Braithwaite made it 2-0 just before the break after the Danish striker headed home a long cross from Frenkie De Jong.

Barcelona continued where they left off, as they put the Basque side under pressure in the second half, and they were rewarded with a goal just before the hour mark by Braithwaite.

It was going well for the home side until the last 10 minutes when Sociedad scored two goals in the space of three minutes. Julen Lobete finished a brilliant team play in the 82nd minute, before captain, Mikel Oyarzabal scored a lovely freekick in the 85th minute.

It was Barcelona, who had the last laugh, as Antoine Griezmann led a counter-attack, gave a pass to Braithwaite, who squad the ball to Sergi Roberto, and the second half substitute scored into an empty post to make it 4-2.

Barcelona will be happy with a winning start but will have to perform better to win the trust of their fans again, while Sociedad will hope to win all three points in their next game.

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